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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - May 2013
Here is the newsletter for May. Well, it looks like old man winter has finally bit the dust. Springtime weather is coming and the days are getting longer. The sun fees great and we can all get out and work in the gardens and walk the winter off.

Pete Addeo,
Missoula Iris Society
April Meeting:
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 4.  Potluck supper begins at 6:30 pm.
PLACE:   home of Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson. 3128 Eldora Lane.  Call 251-3526 for directions.
PROGRAM:  No Program discussed.
Billie Gray has called for a work party this Saturday April 27th at Fort Iris Gardens starting at 11 am. Bring your garden tools and gloves.  The work party on April 20th was a dud.  Few showed. Thanks all
Margaret Sutton - With deep regret  I think the club would like to know that Margaret Sutton died.  I sent my email regrets but I will also send a card on behalf of Region 11.....many thanks.   Ann  Violette
Membership Lists were passed out at the last meeting and were mailed to everyone who was not in attendance.
Median Show May 18:  Schedule was passed out at the last meeting.  If you need a copy, contact Show chairpersons Donna Dowell at 542-1945 or Betty Ann Gustafson at 251-3526.
Main Iris Show June 8:  Schedules will be passed out at the May meting.
Memories Story Book:  A very nice hard cover photo book has been put together by Donna Dowell with stories and photos of long time MIS members, with emphasis on their contributions to  Missoula Iris Society and their years of membership.  Ask Donna to see the book...it's really nice. 

It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy birthday to Pete Addeo, May 9th.  Have a happy birthday.
TREASURER'S REPORT as of April 24, 2013

                April 1 reported balance                $10638.12
                          1st Qtr interest income                      .56
                          Transfer to checking                    600.00
                April 24 balance                             $ 10038.68

               April 1 reported balance                  $    795.88
                           Transfer from Savings                600.00
                           April expenses paid                    820.45
                April 24 balance                                $   575.43

                    Expenses paid:
                To Donna Dowell for the 2012 MIS pictorial history book printing    $  64.45
                To Southgate Mall for rental charge for the 2 upcoming shows        $500.00
                To Pete Addeo for 1 black and 3 color toner cartridges                    $256.00
                                                                                            Total                               820.45
           Respectfully submitted,
            Swede Gustafson, Treasurer

Betty Ann will have an update at the May meeting regarding the Southgate Mall charges for the show. Likewise Pete Addeo can fill you in on the expenses for the toner cartridges.  
The meeting was called to order by Vice President Donna Dowell at the home of Judy Blunt at 7:30 p.m.
The minutes of the March 2013 meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter Falls and Standards by a motion from Cindy Davis; seconded by Judy Blunt.  The treasurer's report from March was also approved by a motion from Cindy Davis, seconded by Gary Clark.
Median Show:  Discussion of the median show to be held Saturday May 18 in Penney's Court.  Set up and prepping two tables is to be Friday evening 8 p.m.  Show clerks are Betty Ann, Ron Dowell.
Main Iris Show:  Discussion of the iris show to be held Saturday June 8, in Penney's Court.  Skirting would be nice for the 10 tables, but a decision has been made not to mention it.  Staging area must be cleaned up and vacated prior to judging.  Show schedule booklet is being printed by Pete Addeo and will be available at the May meeting. 
Memories Story Book:  Donna Dowell passed around a hard cover leather-bound photo book which she put together featuring stories and photos of active members.  The stories emphasized everyone's contribution and years of membership in MIS.  Thank you, Donna.  Donna mentioned that no iris were shown in the book because all photos were lost.
Information on showing iris:  Betty Ann passed out a two page information sheet on showing iris.  This information will be placed on the website and at the end of this newsletter. 
Transporting iris:  Discussion on methods used by members to transport their iris safely to the show.  Some methods include newspapers in a bucket, milk jugs, pvc pipe in buckets of water.
Judging credits:  Discussion on importance of paying AIS dues in a timely manner, because Donna Dowell lost her credits toward becoming a judge because her dues were late.
Work party:  Billie Gray called for a Fort Gardens work party for Saturday of April, April 20th beginning at 11 a.m.  Ed and Anita trimmed shrubs at the Fort Gardens. 
Ed and Anita are in Germany now.
June meeting location:  Fred Frey volunteered to host the June meeting.  Please bring extra chairs.
Rhizome winner for April:  Swede Gustafson
The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. By a motion from Bob; seconded by Cindy.
Respectfully submitted,
Carolyn Addeo
Rhizome winners to date:  Carol Barbian, Roger Muir, Ed Verplancke, Alverta Symes, Anita
Cervenak, Betty Ann Gustafson, Judy Blunt, Pete Addeo and Swede Gustafson.
Showing Irises by Maryann Anning
If you grow and care for your irises properly, you have the same chance as anyone else to bring home a ribbon, even from your first show.  It takes good culture, a good iris, careful handling and grooming and some knowledge of what iris judges will be looking for.  The most important thing to remember is that your specimen is judged on how it looks at the time it is being judged, not when it was cut or what it might look like the next day.  Here are some pointers on what judges look for, as well as a few "how to's" and "don'ts" on handling and grooming.